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Arrow’s Howard Simmons & Resident Donna Birdsong Featured on STLPR!


Howard Simmons, Editor & Archivist of Arrow Senior Living, and Donna Birdsong, resident of Wildwood Senior Living, appeared on STLPR to talk about “The Old & the Beautiful,” Arrow Senior Living’s resident-written mystery novel. The book was written throughout the pandemic and has 47 co-authors throughout Arrow’s communities!

Eleanor Stewart and Donna Birdsong

“They came up with great ideas during this pandemic to keep us occupied,” Arrow Senior Living resident Donna Birdsong of Joplin, Missouri, told St. Louis on the Air.

For Birdsong, one of the highlights of 2021 was becoming a published author. Last year, she and 47 other residents collaborated to write the murder mystery “The Old and the Beautiful.”

“Oftentimes in our society, we tend to infantilize seniors; we tend to dismiss them,” said Arrow Senior Living’s editor and archivist Howard Simmons. “Going through the experience of working with seniors, residing in senior communities with them, getting the opportunity to speak to them one-on-one and get to know them has really changed how I view [aging].”

You can read the entire article here, as well as listen to the wonderful episode of St. Louis on the Air that Howard & Donna appeared on below: